World Bank to fund water project in Lebanon

The World Bank and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) will contribute around US $40 million (LBP60 billion) towards Lebanon's Beka'a Emergency Water Supply Project.

The World Bank and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) will contribute around US $40 million (LBP60 billion) towards Lebanon's Beka'a Emergency Water Supply Project.

According to a World Bank report, the main aim of the project is to alleviate the precarious conditions of the area's water supply systems, which were further affected by last year's war with Israel. The World Bank and Kuwaiti government set up the Lebanon Trust Fund, administered by KFAED, shortly after the war for the planned investments in water supply.

Before the war, Lebanon's water and wastewater sector was characterised by poor service, despite the availability of relatively adequate water resources.

Old and deteriorating infrastructure and inefficient operation and management contributed to intermittent water supply and deficiencies in wastewater collection and treatment, causing unsanitary conditions and contaminating surface and groundwater resources.

Studies have found that the water being provided in the Western Beka'a area does not meet the World Health Organisation standards or Lebanese drinking water standards.

The World Bank has also financed the Ba'albeck Water and Wastewater project.

"Building institutional capacity in the water and wastewater sectors has been identified as a key priority for its proper management and operation, and the Bank is committed to assisting the government of Lebanon in strengthening its water and wastewater sector institutions with financing," the report said.

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